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  • Join the "A Brick in the Life" Contest

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    Does your love for The Beatles match your love for building with LEGO bricks? Then we've got just the thing for you!

    We got together with our good friends at LEGO Rebrick to bring you an exciting contest where you stand the chance of winning awesome prizes, including an exclusive 21306 LEGO Ideas Yellow Submarine signed by both the fan designer, Kevin Szeto, AND the LEGO designer, Justin Ramsden, along with a collection of great Beatles merchandise courtesy of Apple Corps.

    So it's time to put on your creative hats and show us your favourite Beatles song or moment. The catch is that you've got to create and visualise that song or moment using LEGO elements. Full rules can be found on the contest site.

    There are already many fantastic and creative entries. So what you waiting for? Start building today and submit your entry on LEGO Rebrick!

    Entry closes on the 3rd of January 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

     

    Check out some of the awesome entries that have already been submitted!

    Here Comes The Sun by Sorenthe15

     

    Octopus Garden by gene3S

     

    The Beatles Cavern Club by jmjt4

     

    The Beatles - Ed Sullivan Show by vitreolum

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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Tamás Kovács of Merchant's House

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    This week's 10K Club member, Tamás Kovacs a.k.a bigboy99899, built the beautiful Merchant's House project that uses advanced building techniques to create an elaborate structure that really offers up a unique mood. Being a lifelong LEGO fan, Tamás has refined his skills over many years and has even gone on to create designs using digital software, such as LEGO Digital Designer (LDD).

    Help us congratulate Tamás on becoming a part of the LEGO Ideas 10K Club!
     

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      I'm from Hungary. I live in a small town is Southern Transdanubia.

     

    1. How old are you?
      I'm a 41 year old AFOL. I’ve built with LEGO bricks since I was 6, rediscovering it in 2013.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      I am a teacher of mathematics, physics and computer sciences at a high school. I like teaching, but nowadays it’s getting more and more difficult. New methods are needed and LEGO is outstanding to help carry out pedagogical work.

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      My hobbies are of course LEGO, both building digitally and physically with bricks. I like to design websites and printed media. Science and creative things are my main areas of interests, and, recently, I’ve enjoyed cooking (it is a creative activity with practical benefits).

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      I received my first ever LEGO set when I was 6, I spent a lot of time building with it. From that point, LEGO was the primary and only toy for me. As an AFOL LEGO bricks are not just a toy, they’re a form of expression.

     

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      3844 Creationary. It is a lot of fun! You can play with children and/or adults, with family, and with people of all ages. It improves creativity especially, as it challenges you to build with a limited set of bricks.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      1x1 brick with 4 knobs (Element number 4733). With this brick, you can change directions, fit shafts and tools. It is a must have.

     

    1. Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
      I can find inspiration in the work of any builder: building techniques, composition, humor or just the thing that I call the WOW effect (some builds are just stunning). But if I must highlight someone I would say Matija Grugric’s work inspired me very much, and Gabor Pauler's stunning builds impresses me the most.

     

    1.  Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      There are more of them.
      - Flickr
      - MOCpages
      - Pinterest - LEGO related feeds
      - Brickset

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      It was a challenge to create a set where classic castle and history meet with nature in an artistic approach.

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      It was very difficult to design the special roof tiles in LDD and combine them into a complex roof structure. Another challenge was to create intersecting arches.

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      Creating models at this size can take months: preliminary data mining, collecting images of contemporary buildings, building the raw structure (1 month in my case), continuous refinement (2 weeks) and finally the rendering/ publication (1 week).

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      Three years after registering on LEGO Ideas and posting a lot of projects on the way, it is a mind blasting feeling to be part of a very exclusive club. It was a dream since my childhood. It took half year to reach 10,000 votes. I'm very proud for my project's viewer/supporter ratio: about every sixth viewer supported this build.

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      A total of 4400 bricks. Without the tools and Minifigures it is around 4300. The house itself (with interior) contains around 3000 LEGO bricks.


    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      High quality images are very important. Good renderings and well lit photos are needed. Most importantly, you must put your love into the project you build; it should reflect your personality.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      There are so many outstanding projects on LEGO Ideas. I can't select any of them, but I remember which one was my first favorite: RESEARCH LAB SUBMARINE (Modular with interiors) by GRusso.

      That one inspired me as it was playable, well built, good looking, had outstanding renderings, was very detailed and had a realistic interior. It is scientific and educational, which is important to me. A similar outstanding project is the Apollo 11 Saturn-V by saabfan and whatsuptoday. I try to follow their principles in my work.
       

    2. You have other projects on LEGO Ideas, what is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?
      The great thing about LEGO Ideas is that you never really know which topic will attract the magic 10,000 supporters. The best strategy is keep on trying and enjoy building. If you enjoy it, maybe some others will also enjoy that. That’s how you can jump to the 10,000 supporters
       

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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Hugh Scandrett of Addams Family Mansion

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    • addams family mansion

    You probably wouldn't believe it, but this week's 10K Club member's first LEGO MOC was the impressively detailed Addams Family Mansion project. Please welcome Hugh Scandrett a.k.a afol777

    Having rekindled his passion for LEGO at the young age of 56, Hugh's other passion for the Addams Family collided, providing the inspiration for this challenging journey toward his first MOC.

    Help us congratulate Hugh on becoming a part of the LEGO Ideas 10K Club!
     

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      I’m from Canada, but live in the US.

     

    1. How old are you?
      59 years young.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      I am a software executive, with a large team of engineers who write software that helps companies manage their energy costs and efficiency.

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      LEGO of course, but also glass blowing and woodworking.

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      As a child, I had lots of LEGO, and always built many things. That was in the 1960’s. About 3 years ago, a friend sponsored a FIRST LEGO League competition at our work, as a team building activity. About 100 people (ages 20-60) were thrown into a 10 hour, no preparation event, which culminated in a super friendly and inspiring competition and social event. It was awesome, and it rekindled LEGO brain waves. 18 months ago, after completing the Parisian Restaurant, I completed all 10 of the modular buildings by purchasing them on the LEGO online shop, eBay, and Amazon. My street was complete before I began designing Addams Family Mansion. I also built the The Tower of Orthanc 10237 to get into the creepy space, and re-used many of those bricks in the Addams Family Mansion. I also studied the Haunted House 10228 for ideas.
       

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      Parisian Restaurant, and then all the other modular buildings. The Café was the first modular that my wife and I built, which rekindled the childhood joy of LEGO, got my hands in the mortar again, and began my AFOL journey.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      For me, LEGO is a pallet of 3 dimensional creativity. No one element, not one part. It is the sum of the parts, and how flexible these little rigid bricks can be when used artfully/thoughtfully.

     

    1. Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
      "The Art of Brick" by Nathan Sawaya was an inspirational show that came to Boston last year that I attended. I loved the portraits he did and the “you can build anything” results he showed.

     

    1.  Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      I have been so heads down on my first project, now working on my second one, so BrickLink and Brick Owl are my go to sourcing marketplaces for old/odd or sometimes inexpensive bricks. I also order from Pick a Brick on LEGO.com.

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      I loved the 1960’s TV series and wanted to do a building that was big and creepy! The mansion is an “end of series” 50th anniversary tribute, coinciding with the April 1966 finale. The Addams Family Mansion consists of three fully detailed floors and the whole building can be split through the center, each of the floor segments are removable. The family looks right at home.

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      Firstly, the project was a challenge because it was my first MOC. Lots to learn about translating an idea into large implementation. Lots of building, and rebuilding. There was lots of finding out the better way to do something right.

      I did the project entirely freehand, from looking at several source materials mostly screen captures from the original TV series on DVD, and one fictional sketch of the rear of the mansion (never shown on TV) that I found. I have no LDD file or drawings.

      I started by prototyping the greenhouse, portico and the 45-degree front corner of the mansion. Once I had solid designs, I could layout the whole footprint, and determine baseplate needs. With over 7,200 pieces in the build, sourcing was one of the toughest parts of this project. Most of the purchases were made through the Brick Owl marketplace for the harder to find parts while bulk orders came in through LEGO Pick a Brick. The byproduct of having to order in bulk is that I now have in excess of 10,000 spare bricks, which I am already starting to use for MOC #2.

      Also, the amount of detail presented a challenge. Among the many aspects, the mansion features full tile carpeting throughout, a glass greenhouse at the rear, a whole host of furnishings such as suits of armor, taxidermy and a bed of nails. All the ceilings are finished with inverted tiles. You can also find the family automobile out front and all of the Addams Family members as minifigures including Lurch, Thing and Cousin IT (See update #2, he was added using hair from Gloin/Hobbit)).
       

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      I started the planning and sourcing of bricks for this project back in November 2015, then purchased the Addams Family TV show on DVD and began taking screenshots and studying both the exterior and interior shots of the mansion to ensure none of the details were missed. Once I had solid designs, I could layout the whole footprint, and determine baseplate needs, then went in full steam in January and finished April 8, 2016, the 50th anniversary of the last TV show airing. Elapsed time: 5 months, working several sessions every week.

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      The most rewarding part of the 50-day process were the hundreds of positive comments and questions. I answered every one.

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      7,200 as built. Frankly, your clever designers could provide similar detail and size with 4,500. I was so focused on solving build challenges, and adding all the detail possible, being brick-efficient was not on my mind. I did not start the build even thinking I would submit it to LEGO Ideas. I just wanted to try my own implementation of this really cool building.


    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      Just build what you love.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?

      I’m a big fan of a bunch of them. I vote regularly as I see new ones, and browse around. I mostly prefer ones that are fully built, not just LDD files. I really like the proof of design that is shown with full builds.

      That said, LDD is a wonderful free way to grow design skills, and I wholeheartedly think it is a great option.

      #1 for me is the 1950’s Diner.

     

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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Niels van de Keer of Spaceballs - Eagle 5

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    For this week's 10K Club Interview we're headed to Holland to meet Niels van de Keer a.k.a NvdK, fan designer of the Spaceballs - Eagle 5 project. Being a big fan of Star Wars, the 1987 parody Spaceballs was one that he could enjoy and take inspiration from. Fun fact, this project hit the 10K milestone on the 4th of May - of all days! Niels told us all about his journey to this milestone and how his interest for LEGO started at a very young age.

    Help us congratulate Niels on becoming a part of the LEGO Ideas 10K Club!
     

     

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      I was born and raised in a town called Oosterhout, located in the Netherlands. I still live there with my girlfriend and our hamster Rembrandt.

     

    1. How old are you?
      I’m 28 years old.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      I’m a controls engineer for a machine building company. The job that I mainly do there is programming factory lines in the automotive industry.

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      LEGO! Obviously! Besides that, I’m quite the tech-nut. I’m always working on some project. I also like to travel, am part of a cosplay group, can work my way around the bass-guitar and am a collector of models of movie cars/vehicles

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      As a kid (I don’t know the exact date) LEGO gave me the chance to re-create what I saw or build what I thought of. That hasn’t changed since then.

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      LEGO set 21108, the Ghostbusters Ecto-1. The Ecto-1 is one of my favorite movie cars. As a kid I used to build the Ecto-1 from LEGO, at least in my imagination it was the Ecto-1. Thanks to LEGO Ideas, I finally had the Ecto-1 and my favorite hobby combined.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      Element 3937 and 3938 combined. This hinge gave me so many possibilities building as a kid. I couldn’t have enough of those.

     

    1. Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
      I’ve always been really inspired by fan designer Orion Pax. He makes a lot of movie related vehicles and really captures every detail in his models.

      But when talking about looking up to a LEGO designer, I would say Marcos Bessa. That guy has my dream job

     

    1.  Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      I often visit the LEGO blog The Brothers Brick; they talk about a lot of MOC’s but also go into depth with official LEGO sets. 

      I also like to watch the videos on the YouTube channel of Artifex Creation. I really like to see how some sets are built and to view the building techniques

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      There were many reasons for that, I will list them all!
      - First off all, I love the movie. I am a Star Wars fan, and because of that I can really appreciate a parody like this
      - I’m a big enthusiast of movie vehicles. Sadly, there has never been a single piece of (toy) merchandise for this movie, so I had to do something!
      - The eagle 5 is an iconic movie vehicle with potential for being an epic toy, for both collectors and children
      - The Schwartz spoke to me
      - There are already many MOC’s of the “Eagle 5”. The only thing was that they were too big for minifigure scale or they were the correct scale but it lost its iconic look. So that also gave me the urge to have a go at creating this model.
      - Spaceballs is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, so it seemed like a nice opportunity.


     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      The special challenge facing me during the design of this model was keeping the shape of the “Eagle 5” intact, while making it smaller for the minifigure scale. The most difficult part to create in that process was the front of the “Eagle-5”; I wanted it to have a continuous slope from the window to the bonnet without any big jumps in the surface. I was quite happy with the result.

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      The rough design came together in about an evening. Fine-tuning and detailing took me another evening. When I’m on the right track with an idea it’s hard to stop working on it.

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      It almost took me the full 2 years! Reaching the magic 10.000 votes with only a few days left felt like a relief for the first 12 seconds, after that came a non-stop feeling of euphoria.

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      That’s an easy one. I designed the model in LDD so I can give you a very specific number on that: 320 bricks, excluding minifigs.


    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      Create something that isn’t there yet. It should be something that will be an addition to someone’s play experience and/or collection and it should make a person smile just by seeing it.

      I think that with those ingredients, a person should be able to create a project that could be successful. To make it successful, the creator has to promote it and make sure the world sees it. Contacting webpages and social media with a similar interest can provide a lot of supporters. But I experienced that asking the people that commented; if they could share the project on social media, worked even better.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      Earlier on in this interview I mentioned that the Ecto-1 is my favorite official LEGO set. But that was a LEGO Ideas project that already has been approved. So instead I will list two LEGO Ideas projects that are still gathering support that I would love to see as an official set.

      Gravity Fall Shacktron
      I recently came across the Disney series Gravity Falls. Against my expectations I liked this series so much that I watched the complete two seasons in just one weekend. This model is featured in one of the final episodes of season two. The way this mecha comes together and how it is used in that episode, really gives it that “I want that” feeling.

      Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - Outrider
      Besides the Star Wars films there is one video game that always grabbed my attention; Shadows of the Empire. The hero in this adventure flies a ship that (in my opinion) is a worthy opponent for the Millennium Falcon and thus a favorite! This Ship was actually an alternate build for LEGO set 6211, except you would build the regular spaceship. The one used in Shadows of the Empire is the modified version.

     

    1. You have other projects on LEGO Ideas, what is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?
      The thing that attracts me about the LEGO Ideas platform is that it gives the possibility to make dreams come true. (Yes I know it’s cheesy). But I’m walking around with the idea that in the near future there might be an official LEGO Spaceballs set. What also attracts me is that when a project gets support, it implies that you are not alone with the need for a project like this

     

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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Leandro Tayag of Voltron: Defender Of The Universe

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    Following a short break, we are thrilled to be back with the next round of 10K Club Interviews that tell the absolutely fascinating stories of the LEGO Ideas members whose projects are currently in the Second 2016 LEGO Ideas Review

    To kickstart the next round of 10K Club Interviews we've heard from Leandro Tayag, a.k.a. len_d69, the talented Philippine-born fan designer responsible for the impressive Voltron - Defender Of The Universe project that racked up 10,000 supporters in just 3 short weeks! Leandro created numerous updates to his already cool MOC, and shares his insights into his LEGO Ideas journey and other passions in this 10K Club Interview.

    Help us congratulate Leandro on becoming a part of the LEGO Ideas 10K Club!
     

     

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      I’m from the Philippines but live in Malaysia.

     

    1. How old are you?
      41.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      I’m a software architect.

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      Toy collecting :-)
      • LEGO
      • Transformers
      • Super Robots (Voltron, Voltes V)
      • Marvel, DC figures
         

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      I used to play with LEGO bricks when I was a child but was re-introduced to it by my brother in 2014.

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      Temple of Airjitzu - it’s very creative and looks very impressive on the shelf.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      I guess I would say tiles since I can cover up most of the studs and have a clean smooth look .

     

    1.  Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      LEGO MOC Worldwide, Philippine LEGO Users Group, LOM (LUG Of Malaysia) & Brick Sanctuary.  

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      I’ve always been a big fan of Super Robots from the 70s/80s. My parents bought a Voltron toy for me when I was a child and I have been hooked on it ever since.

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      The challenging part was getting the details right. I can’t remember how many times I redesigned the lion heads trying to make them look as close as possible to how they were in the anime/cartoon. The lion legs were also a pain since I had to make sure they are able to fold nicely when combined as Voltron as well as look good enough in their lion forms.

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      I actually started the initial design 2 years ago but couldn’t get the head design right so I put it aside. I started with it again in March this year. If I remember correctly, I worked on it for roughly 2 hours every night after work over the course of around 3 weeks.

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      I was very happy about it as I wasn’t really expecting it to reach 10,000. It was actually nerve-racking at times, in a good way, especially when it was featured in the Voltron Podcast where they interviewed WEP President Bob Koplar (License owner of Voltron). It was great to know that he knew about my LEGO Ideas submission and that he found it cool. I was also interviewed by the same podcast in the following episode.

      It took around 22 days to reach 10,000 (From April 11, 2016 to May 3, 2016). Initially, I was just hoping for it to reach 1,000 and get an additional 6 months so I can work on improving the design. I was planning on updating the joints, in particular how the lions connect to each other as well as improving the lions’ legs. I was also thinking of a way to fit a minifigure (or the smaller ones like those included in the Avengers Helicarrier set) in each lion. The support/votes were coming in so fast I had to rush some of the updates and didn’t have time to improve the rest including the connection points (of course no complaints here).

      On a side note, I was on the way to LEGOLAND Malaysia the moment it reached 10,000 supporters. I wanted to post a thank you update for the supporters but didn’t make it on time as I was driving.

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      It’s roughly around 2,100+ bricks.


    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      ​- Work on something you really like and that you are passionate about
      - Find a subject with a good fan base
       

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      Rolling BB-8, WALL•E, Ghosbusters, Back to the Future, Macross VF-1 Valkyrie +Fast pack / Armored parts.

     

    1. You have other projects on LEGO Ideas, what is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?
      It’s a great platform and provides us fans with a great opportunity to share MOCs with the rest of the LEGO community. 

      There is no right or wrong in terms of the projects you can submit. But it helps if the subject of the project has a large fan base

     

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